304 South Lamar
The house was completed in 1904 for the widow of J.D. Baker and her children. Mr. Baker had been President of Baker-Poston Company, the Famous Shoe Company, member of the wholesale grocery firm of Cameron, Hill and Baker and was President of the First National Bank for five years until his death in 1899. In 1908, a son, Charles Baker, head of Baker-Poston, left on a trip around the world. He was last heard from that year in San Francisco. Mrs. Baker had posters printed and sent them around the world offering a reward for any knowledge of him. Many replies were received, but no trace was ever found. The Queen Anne Victorian two story house features elaborate parquet floors, eight fireplaces with carved mantles, fruitwood wainscoating in the foyer, grand staircase and all of the original chandeliers. The house contains a large ballroom.
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